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Arts | By Roger Lewis | November issue


Roger Lewis reviews TV Doctors

If you’re out of pain, you’re winning. Do we need any greater wisdom than that? Unfortunately, many people known to me are not winning. My mother-in-law has had a left iliac bypass, after her leg went black. My mother has started having the transient ischemic strokes, the volcano that's always been insider her head firing off more sparks than usual. My best pal Steve Masty succumbed to glioblastoma multiforme. My wife has gallbladder 'issues' Where once talk was of babies and schools, now everyone around me talks exclusively about hospital appointments, pre-paid funeral schemes and pharmaceuticals. Television exacerbates the trend and fills a need – Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, 24 Hours in A&E; dozens of them, going back to Dr Kildare and Emergency – Ward 10.  The newest is Ambulance, where cameras watch cases in the West Midlands as they evolve – chest pains, falls in the shed, dog bites...

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